I had endless, all inclusive, buffets and food spots available to me all day long. I was relaxing and enjoying a sunny cruise deck and sandy beaches. How could I avoid losing momentum while still enjoying the vacation of a lifetime?
Well, first of all, it certainly helped that I went with a YMCA group, so I was able to attend 3 Turbo Kick classes during the week. I really like these classes because they implement various peaks of high intensity, which fits well with my hormone based training strategy and also stimulates well balanced, athletic, muscular and cardio endurance improvements.
Another very important factor was that I made sure to have at least two, full body, heavy weight lifting workouts during the week. Weight lifting stimulates HGH release more than anything else and I think this is a major factor in keeping the body moving in the right direction for fitness. Granted, muscles need time to repair after these workouts, so I try to allow at least a few days in between before doing another full body weight lifting session.
Finally, the most important factor, in my opinion, is the food. With such a huge variety of food to choose from, I was able to enjoy heavy quantities of protein based food and avoid any high sugar foods without feeling like I was depriving myself at all. I ate a LOT of food, but mostly ate the right food.
We also did a lot of walking around the ship and at the ports in the Caribbean. Lots of walking is actually a good compliment to a high intensity workout program, because it burns fat without releasing the stress hormones that are stimulated by low to medium intensity exercise. Those stress hormones normally signal the body to store fat and burn muscle, unless they are offset by the release of growth hormones.
So, by maintaining that strategy, I was able to continue toward my fitness goals while having the greatest vacation ever!